You require a group 2 taxi driver medical in order to drive taxis under any local authority, whether you are applying for a first badge or renewing based on your age.
D4Drivers provide taxi medicals at over 80 locations across the UK and offer regular appointments at times to suit you.
Before booking, you can check whether D4Drivers can complete your medical using our purpose built booking portal. You will find out whether your council allows you to visit any Doctor and if medical records are required.
A taxi driver medical is an assessment that all drivers must pass before being granted their licence to operate. The tests are carried out to ensure that taxi drivers are in good enough health to safely drive a private hire vehicle or hackney carriage on public roads. Following the medical, depending on the council requirements our doctor may be required to determine whether you meet group 2 standards.
D4Drivers is approved by a number of councils in the UK to provide medicals as well as being the sole contracted provider for many local authorities who trust D4Drivers to deliver our high standard of medical service on a regular basis. You can be confident when booking your taxi medical with D4Drivers that you are booking with a reputable provider.
Our Doctor will complete your full taxi medical for only £55. Your medical consists of an eyesight test using a Snellen chart, blood pressure checks to ensure your BP meets council criteria and a questionnaire regarding your medical history. Our Doctor will also review your medical records depending on council requirements.
The examination should usually take around 10- 20 minutes but this can depend on your health and medical history. Our doctor may not make a fitness decision there and then and there may be additional checks and time required, for example, if you have suffered from a previous medical condition related to the heart, in which case an Echocardiogram (ECG) may be required. Please bear in mind that councils have adopted group 2 guidelines but often do not have the infrastructure to deal with follow up such as ECGs, and you will be expected to arrange this yourself if it is deemed necessary.
There are many medical conditions that could affect your ability to pass a taxi driver test, and each would need to be taken into consideration by the GP carrying out your assessment. Some of the medical conditions that are relevant and could prevent you passing a medical examination include epilepsy, insulin treated diabetes, poor vision, heart problems, strokes, blackouts, head injuries, and a progressive degenerative illness. Certain prescribed medications may also prove problematic when it comes to the taxi driver medical assessment.
It is possible that some of the conditions may have been in the past, so it is possible you could still pass the taxi driver medical examination, for example, if you had a stroke that you have recovered from without any remaining impairment. Each and every case is treated on an individual basis and on its own merits by our doctors, so it is still possible you could pass if you have had medical issues or have previously failed a medical assessment.
Book your taxi driver medical appointment at a time convenient to you by calling 0300 30 30 668 or book online now.
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